Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbier DunkelErdinger Weissbier Dunkel

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Erdinger Weissbräu

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Carefully selected dark malts with delicate roasting aromas give ERDINGER Dunkel its full-bodied flavor and strong character.

This elegant wheat beer has a lustrous, deep dark-brown appearance in the glass. The first sip reveals a harmonious symphony of carefully selected wheat and barley malts with exquisite Hallertau aroma hops. The taste buds detect hints of caramel, nuts and fresh bread. An unmistakable top-fermenting accent is provided by ERDINGER’s traditional yeast.

ERDINGER Dunkel first saw the light of day in 1989, when ERDINGER’s master brewers created a dark wheat beer as a birthday present for the private brewery’s owner, Werner Brombach. He liked it so much that he decided to put it on the market in 1990.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in a 50 cl short-necked brown bottle. The label is dark brown with the writing in golden with a picture of barley.

A: The pour is hazy dark brown with a really creamy light brown large head that takes some time to dissipate. Some lacings.

S: Roasted malt and wheat, ripe bananas and some yeast. Some chocolate notes as well. A bit flowery.

T: Nice mix of roasted sweet malt and wheat. Very bready. The bananas are held back a bit. Flowery.

M: Refreshing with a rather short aftertaste that holds some sweetness and bitterness at the same time. The body is mediumlight and carbonation is rich. A smooth warm feeling fills your mouth.

D: A Dunkelweizen is always a nice experience. This one was a bit to light in taste and smell to be a top-beer for me.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass for a soapy, off-white one-finger head that died at a medium pace with no lace on a cola colored body. A balance of clove and citric notes along with caramel malt passes for the aroma. Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy, has a little spicy clove taste up front the citric notes and hop bitterness (along with some good carbonation) mix with some caramel, roasted malts for a slightly sweet and citric beer that is a little sticky and has a dry, crisp backbite. A good all-around beer but there is nothing outstanding about it that makes it great.

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Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown with deep mahogany. A small off white head slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, caramel, herbs, grain, brown sugar, and cream.
Taste is of the aromas with a dry cocoa flavor.
Mouthfeel is mdium bodied, semi sweet and dry.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer and leaves traces of lace. Cloudy amber color, yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Mostly malty nose. Flavor is malty, sweet, hints of yeast. Clean finish. Nice hefe. $3.99 for a 500ml bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, opaque bown, with hints of cherry red. Big rocky mocha-coloured head, which froths up vigorously, then settles to a steady film. Minimal lacing.

Sweet dark malted wheat on the nose. Aromas of toffee, treacle, raisins brandy, fruitcake. It's rather good, but somewhat subdued. I'm waiting for the layering effect, for subtle nuances, and they're not forthcoming. Still, it's a nice nose.

Taste is dark, a little sweet, and rather dry. It really is quite flat when you get down to it. Starts with a malty, dark flavour, but flattens very quickly to a dry, barren and rather insipid nothingness. It's a shame, as there's genuine promise there. You can see where it's going, but it doesn't actually get there.

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Photo of corby112
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep, dark chestnut brown color that's almost black and completely opaque. Slightly light mahogany edges hen held to a alight source and a 2.5 frothy light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting cap that leaves spots of soapy lacing.

Slightly roasted malt aroma with a prominent spicy clove presence as well as some dark chocolate, bready yeast, citrus peel and ripe banana.

Very carbonated mouthfeel with a slightly watered down body. Very prominent spicy clove flavor with some roasted malt along with strong citrus peel flavor. The bready yeast notes aren't as strong as I would like, resulting in the slightly watery feel. Also, not as much chocolate malt as expected. To me it just seems like a dark hefe that's slightly roasty with a lot of clove and lemony zest.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy dark brown colour with a very large size frothy light brown coloured head. It's hard to make out how much carbonation there is and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 few minutes before it was completely gone.

Smell - Malts, grains, dark fruits, cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation and it's fairly light and lively on the tongue. I can taste dark fruits (raisins?) mixed with some malts and grains. There are also some light notes of cloves. It finishes with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall - At first this tasted a little bit harsh, but it seemed to mellow out as I progressed through my glass. It's a fairly decent beer but there are so many better options within this style category I'd rather be drinking.

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Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 06/2007, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: dark caramel-red brownish hue; an effervescent, thick, tightly frothy beige head sustains really well, on top of constant streams of moderate fizziness ascending from the bottom of the glass.
S: soft, creamy grainy, toffee-ish, burned-sugary and mildly chocolatey dark malts blend well with wheat-ish malts with a sour-doughy and faintly lemony hint, hiding the banana-ish fruitiness in the background. More creamy dark-malts than the wheat-ish theme. Soft, light, pleasant.
T: extremely softly grainy Munich malts upfront, like whole-meal rye bread, with plenty of brown sugary sweetness to follow... surprisingly the normal weizen's banana-ish flavour is kept at the minimum here, but still noticeable on top of a thin wheat-ish texture and a sour-sweet edge of lemons... a light flavour of burned-malts, aromatic roast-nuts, and licorice lingers shortly in the aftertaste, which otherwise goes thin-ish and slightly rusty in texture...
M&D: the carbonation is on the verge of being too spritzy, not as soft as the appearance suggests; medium-bodied, no sign of alc., easy-drinking... but the texture is thinner than ideal. Like two other Dunkel Weizen I've tasted, I guess this style is simply not my cup of tea, as compared with Hefe-weizen I mean. Still a solid brew by all standards, though.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown color, not opaque. Poured with a one head that held for awhile then dissipated. Liberal lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Some clove coming through.

T: Sweet malt, Banana and clove comes through clearer. Aftertaste is more banana than clove.

M: Medium to full body. Smooth and sweet.

D: Nothing that makes it really special, but beer is drinkable. Maybe due to 5.6 ABV.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 650 mL bottle poured into a Widmer Bros. weizen glass. The ale is cool in temperature.

Appearance: The ale is highly carbonated as I pour it, giving 4-5 fingers worth of head. Unsurprisingly, the ale is a deep brown color. There is also a certain level of sediment in the glass.

Smell: The roasted malts used to make the dunkel are readily apparent in the nose. After that, there is a light wheat aroma.

Taste: The ale's roasted character is the first thing that strikes me in the taste. The roast notes along with the soft rounded wheat gives the ale a unique and very enjoyable flavor. I don't taste any clove notes, but I am mostly pleased by the taste.

Mouthfeel: The ale's roasted notes are very pleasing on the palate.

Drinkability: The ale is good, not the best dunkel weizen, but drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into Weisse glass 5/1/12

A murky cola with about as many bubbles as one could fit into a glass, took a couple tries too get all the liquid into the glass because of the massive tan head that just sits there the whole time you drink it leaving lots of unorganized lace

S chocolate milk with a little coffee and bruised banana, decent but faint

T what I smell but slightly stronger with a faint nutty aspect

M fairly light and nearly turns into foam in your mouth, slight chocolate on the finish

O not a bad beer but its pretty basic, there's much better examples of the style for similar prices

I think this ones an industry stranded for a Dunkel, nothing too be ashamed of but nothing worth searching for

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Photo of RBorsato
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, tawny, hazy chocolate color with a low tan head. Leaves no lace and has low carbonation for the style. Light chocolate and faint roasty aroma with no classic bavarian yeast aroma. Light chocolate taste and faint yeasty banana-clove flavor. Light bodied and airy.

I prefer this Erdinger over the Erdinger Weissbier and Kristal but found this to me more like a Dunkel than a hefe-Dunkel.

[16.9 oz - 500ml] for $1.99 -- A bargain but pay a bit more for the Weihenstephaner...

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, best by 4/2008. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch off-white head. It smells like roasted malt, wheat and a little bit of chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, except there's also a bit of spice (clove) noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, and with a lot amount of carbonation. The carbonation hurts the drinkability a bit, but it's not hard to drink. Overall I think this is a decent beer, but it seems like something is missing from it. Lowering the carbonation would definintely help.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murkey dark brown pour leading to a fluffy, 2 finger head with a latte like colour. Lot's of carbonation and a thin cap all the way through.

S - Mild malts and yeast is all I can pick up.

T - Dark malts come through with the yeast again. Mild.

M - Creamy with lot's of carbonation and a frothy type of finish.

D - Decent. Nice flavours mixed with a nice ABV. Refreshing in a different light.

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Photo of bark
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The colour is dark brown with a tint of red. The liquid is very cloudy. The head is enormous and it dissolves slowly into a very firm cone of pale brown foam.

The smell is quite gentle with sour notes of caramel, some hops and a roasted touch of tar.

The carbonation is mild, yet fresh with small bubbles.

The taste is soft with sour notes, but I also noticed some sweetness, a mild hop aroma and a slightly roasted touch of hard toffee. The body was surprisingly good for a wheat beer. The aftertaste is clean, burned with notes of French loaf.

A nice beer, that accompanies Spanish Tapas in a fantastic way, a combination that I really recommend!

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Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight hazed dark toffee brown with a fluffy, light brown head. Great retention and clumps of foam stick to the sides of the glass. Mild aroma, cocoa, vanilla, and caramel malt along with a bit of yeastiness. Light chocolate flavour, a bit doughy, finishes with caramel sweetness. Moderately high carbonation gives the body a lot of life and adds a bit of acidity. Creamy texture with a hint of slickness. Quite tasty. I'd definitely try it again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Dark brown color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Thick and malty with some clove character showing through.

Taste: Sweet and malty with banana/clove esters. Aftertaste is more banana than clove. Smooth. Sweet.

Mouthfeel: Much of the same as described below.

Verdict: A drinkable dunkelweizen. I don't really notice anything that sets it apart but It's smooth, it goes down well and that counts for something.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The color is deep dark ruby. A small creamy brown head floats on top for a while. The aroma is wheat, clove, pepper and a little medicinal. There is nothing bad about the taste of this beer other than it seems very watered down compared to others I have had of this style. There is really not a lot going on with the flavor profile. Some light notes of dark malt. Very little of the typical weizen characteristics. Just a dab of pepper. Close to light in body. An uninspiring experiment.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown, orange edges, huge off white head forms and laces on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty, with some orange, citrus chocolate and yeast notes. Taste is chocolate and malty, with some iron, citrus and yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied and medium carbonation. The glass is killer.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt. 9fl. oz. bottle served in a .5l weizen glass. 11-2009 printed on the back label. Poured a deep garnet color with red highlights when backlit. Incredible, rocky, khaki-colored head occupied three quarters of the glass as it slowly cascaded and receded into a quarter inch cap. Delicate, cloud-like clumps of lacing were revealed during the session. Nose was malty sweet with dark fruity esters. Taste consistent with nose, but a little more muted and balanced with a subtle, bready quality that formed the backbone of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium/light with a consistent, lively background effervescence from start to finish. Easy drinking brew - not much complexity but very flavorful and sessionable.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light cloudy flat brown with pink highlights and a big lively head that fades to cling. Fresh Irish brown bread nose - yeast + wheat. Waxy yeast, banana esters in the middle and a spicy pop to end. Kola nut linger. Soft, lively, light.

All the flavors are in the right place, but maybe a bit thin and simple. Could stay on this a while, though.

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Photo of champ103
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with some ruby hues around the edges. A two finger head forms and recedes slowly to a ring. A bit of patchy lace.
S: Doughy and yeasty malt that is a bit funky. Not a hole lot of depth in the nose, but a pleasant roasted malt aroma.
T: Plenty of rich roasted malts that dances on the tongue. A good fruity character of banana and light citrus flavors. A bit of clove. Not very complex, but a delicious beer.
M/D: This has a medium body, and a nice crisp creaminess. A bit to watery though. Like the hefe, this is extremely smooth and easy to drink.

This is a very good beer. One of my favorite Dunkleweizen's, and one of the first good German beers that I tried as I was moving away from macro's. Though this is more than a gateway beer. Something I still enjoy years after my first try.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big Erdinger bottle (1pt .9oz) into hotel room glasses. I expected a lot as Erdinger makes Pikantus, but this was kind of a weak dunkel weiss...

The appearance was pretty dark, darker than other dark weiss beers I've tried. There was a minimal head despite good carbonation. The smell was almost anti-aroma of wheat beers, I couldn't detect any of the fruity yeast by-products or the wheat smell at all. The taste was mostly the same, maybe just a hint fruitier than the aroma implied.

I can't recommend this, get Weihenstephaner instead.

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Photo of Suds
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, dark brown color with a towering, large-bubbled, tan head. The head is ever-lasting and impressive. Just a bit of yeastiness, banana, and alcohol in the aroma, and rather muted at that….slight disappointment. It’s smooth, creamy, and rather full-bodied. Sweet and fruity. There’s just a little mouth-puckering astringency, but just enough to make you want another sip. Finish is soft and spicy. It’s not a top-shelf Dunkel Weizen, but it is good.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Maltiness mixed with the expected bananas and yeast, although slightly subdued to the maltiness. Relatively close to a dunkel, the weizen aspect of this is subdued.

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